Up until now I've been using an old Memphis bass for recording. Besides sounding like crap it has the neck of a baseball bat and it's noisy. So I happened to see some of these ~$200 bassses out there that look pretty nice. I am leaning towards an Ibanez because they are light and the necks seem nice. For awhile I thought a GSR200 would be all I need. For a few dollars more I can get the SR300DX with "active" electronics. For recording I plan to go through a V-amp. Are the active electronic basses any quieter ? Or can I just get away with the GSR200 ?